Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Wayback Wednesday - The Haunting of Collinwood

Dark Shadows: The Haunting of Collinwood is a DVD compilation of episodes 639 to 694, key scenes from which have been edited together to form a three hour feature.

It focuses on Quentin Collins' possession of David Collins & Amy Jennings. I really liked this DVD. The "Ghost of Quentin Collins" storyline from the show is great. For those casual fans out there who can't swing the entire Dark Shadows DVD Collection, this is a perfect grab for you to see why Dark Shadows was one of the most beloved soap-opera shows on daytime television.

Watching this video took me back to my teen years, running home after school to catch the show. In these episodes, the lighting and music perfectly set the tone for the children's creepy discovery of a skeleton inside a sealed wing of the mansion. David Selby is spookily malevolent as the vengeful Quentin, although he does not speak one word during this DVD. This DVD ends right where Collection 13, Disc 1 of the original series begins. Quentin speaks his first words in episode 701.

The story's obvious parallel to Henry James' classic "Turn of the Screw" does not distract the viewer from the tale. For old fans of the show, it's a trip down memory lane and new viewers will step back in time twice: Once to the world of Collinwood, and once to the late 1960's. Both journeys are an adventure worth taking.

Jonathan Frid as Barnabas Collins
Joan Bennett as Elizabeth Collins Stoddard
David Selby as the Ghost of Quentin Collins
Louis Edmonds as Roger Collins
Kathryn Leigh Scott as Maggie Evans
David Henesy as David Collins
Grayson Hall as Julia Hoffman
Thayer David as Professor Stokes
Don Briscoe as Chris Jennings
Denise Nickerson as Amy Jennings
Clarice Blackburn as Mrs. Johnson
Cavada Humphrey as Janet Findley
Terry Crawford as the Ghost of Beth Chavez

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